Yost plans to drop Hosmer down in lineup

Yost plans to drop Hosmer down in lineup

Yost plans to drop Hosmer down in lineup
KANSAS CITY -- Following another rough night at the plate, manager Ned Yost said he's going to drop struggling first baseman Eric Hosmer down in the Royals' lineup.

Hosmer is hitting just .222 on the season following an 0-for-5 effort in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Mariners. He's just 2-for-22 on the current 10-game homestand.

"I think probably we'll move him down in the lineup a little bit and just try to take some pressure off him," Yost said after Wednesday's game. "We're trying to develop him in that [No. 3] spot, but we've got to get him going first, so we'll probably look to move him down in the lineup [Thursday] and kind of let him get settled in again, and go from there."

Hosmer has been batting third since July 2. His average at that time was .237 and he's batted just .160 since moving into the three-hole.

Hosmer came up in a big spot in the eighth on Wednesday. With the game tied at 7 and runners on first and third, he grounded into a forceout to end the the inning.

The Royals prevailed an inning later on Billy Butler's walk-off homer.